So let’s figure out which one is the best one for you. And it’s important to remember that a camera is just a tool in the filmmaking process. Going out and buying the most expensive one isn’t gonna automatically make your videos good.
It’s learning how to use that camera well to tell a story that’s really going to make your video stand out. And before we get into the various cameras, there are three things to keep in mind.
Three things to keep in mind FOR FILMMAKING CAMERA
The sensor size, the resolution, and the frame rate. Your sensor size is going to determine how well your camera does in lower lighting conditions. And also what field of view your lens sees. Your resolution is going to determine whether the footage is HD at 720, Full HD at 1080, or 4K which is four times Full HD. Then there’s frame rate which is normally 24 frames per second in video, and with 60 frames per second or higher, you have the ability to do slow-motion.
And with that in mind, each of these cameras is going to give you the ability to shoot at 4K at 24 frames per second, Full HD at least 60 frames per second and all have external microphone inputs.
We gonna compare similar models between Canon and Sony, and some people may ask what about Panasonic? We do agree they make good cameras, but we’re just not a big fan of the Micro Four Thirds sensor size.
And first up we have the Canon M50 for $580 and the Sony a6100 for $650. Both filmmaking cameras have an APS-C size sensor which crops the lens focal length by 1.6 on the M50 and 1.5 on the a6100. The M50 has a vari-angle touchscreen giving you the ability to see yourself when recording. Which is great for vlogging or videos like this. The a6100 also has a touchscreen but it only tilts 180 degrees.
So the problem with this is that when using a microphone, you won't be able to see the screen very well. Both can shoot 4K, but the M50 will crop in on the image by a factor of 1.6 giving you an even narrower field of view whereas the a6100 uses the full sensor to actually read out at 6K and then downsample to 4K for recording.
The M50 max out at 60 frames per second in Full HD. The a6100 will give you up to 120 frames per second in Full HD for an even slower and smoother slow motion. Both of these are great beginner cameras that are well under $1000. If you do have a larger budget to invest in a camera that will really last you for a long time. Then the Canon EOS R for $1,500 or the Sony a7iii for $1,800 are both great choices.
FILMMAKING CAMERA For larger budget
Both of these cameras have a full-frame sensor. That will give you much better performance in low-light and a shallower depth of field. The EOS R has the same type of vari-angled touchscreen as the M50. The a7iii also has a touchscreen, however, it’s only a tilting touchscreen.
So you won't have the ability to see yourself when recording. The EOS R also has a crop of 1.8 when shooting 4K which will almost double the focal length of your lens. The a7iii uses the same 6K to 4K downsampling as the a6100 to get a readout of the full sensor for 4K.
The EOS R max out at 60 frames per second in Full HD and the a7iii will give you up to 120 frames per second in Full HD. The EOS R uses a new RF mount for lenses that has a limited range of fairly expensive lenses at the moment. You can get an adapter to be able to use all the cheaper Canon EF mount lenses with it.
And we’ve used all these cameras, but we do prefer the Sony cameras just because of the greater flexibility in video settings and button customization. So where you can quickly change settings on the camera.
But again, remember that a camera is just a tool in the filmmaking process. The skills you learn and how to use that tool to tell a good story that’ll really set your films apart. So regardless of which camera you choose, just make sure to practice with it every day. So you can learn how to shape those shots and make them flow to tell a better story. Add music can help to tell a story. Go and take a listen to our music to inspire you with a new story!